Contributors

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. He is a former National Board Certified high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago, where he taught for for seven years.

Hemant has appeared on CNN and FOX News Channel (really). He currently serves on the board of directors for Foundation Beyond Belief (a charity organization targeting non-theistic donors) after spending several years as the chair of the board of the Secular Student Alliance (which creates and supports college atheist groups nationwide).

He is the author of three books, including I Sold My Soul on eBay (WaterBrook Press, 2007) and The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide (Patheos Press, 2012).

You can reach him at Mpromptu@gmail.com.

All posts by Hemant can be read here. All opinions expressed on Hemant’s posts represent his own views and not those of the organizations on which he serves.


Terry Firma, though born and Journalism-school-educated in Europe, has lived in the U.S. for the past 20-odd years. Stateside, his feature articles have been published in the New York Times, Reason, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Wired. Terry was the founder and Main Mischief Maker of Moral Compass, a now-dormant site that pokes fun at the delusional claim by people of faith that a belief in God equips them with superior moral standards. He was the Editor-in-Chief of two Manhattan-based magazines until he decided to give up commercial publishing for professional photography… with a lot of blogging on the side. These days, he lives in an old seaside farmhouse in Maine with his wife, three kids, and two big dogs. You can e-mail him at terryxfirma at gmail dot com.

You can read all posts by Terry here.


Camille Beredjick is a twenty-something working in the LGBT nonprofit industry in New York. She graduated from Northwestern University with degrees in journalism and gender studies and wants to be a part-time writer, part-time guest judge on Chopped when she grows up. Camille was raised in Tampa, FL by a Catholic mom and a Jewish dad, a quirky setup that steered her toward skepticism at an early age. She runs a daily LGBT news blog at GayWrites.org, and she has written about LGBT issues for BuzzFeed, the Advocate, In These Times and the Huffington Post.

You can read all posts by Camille here.


Bo Gardiner‘s career has taken her from TV writer-producer to government environmental scientist and conservationist in water, air and wildlife issues. She has a B.A. in communications and M.S. in environmental engineering sciences.

Growing up in an intensely political but conservative Christian home, Bo’s campaigning life began as an anti-feminist Christian youth leader. At a Jesuit university she dove into the New Age, creating a local TV series on all things fringe, from reincarnation to psychic training, and organized a major UFO symposium. Moments before her brain exploded, she went into this weird cocoon-like state and emerged a metamorphised humanist, feminist, environmentalist and skeptical organizer and activist. After soaking in the gloriously diverse cultures of south Florida and New Orleans, she went to ground in the wilds of backwoods Florida and Virginia.

A naturalist in both senses of the word (nature study and preferring the natural to the supernatural), Bo now works as a consultant in a quiet part of Virginia. Anti-atheist bigotry there keeps her somewhat closeted (thus the pen name and dark pic, but she wants you to be braver than her). There she geeks out on botanizing and birds, while writing on science, nature, skepticism and religion at her blog Under the Greenwood Tree and at Doubtful News.

She can be reached at bogardiner1 AT gmail DOT com, at her Under the Greenwood Tree Facebook page, ​​and on Twitter.

You can read all posts by Bo here.


Hännah Ettinger graduated from Grove City College and worked for social aid and research organizations in DC before moving to Los Angeles where she works for a bookstore and freelances as a writer. In a former life, she escaped a conservative Christian homeschool cult. Her work (both her writing and feminist post-fundamentalist recovery activism) has been featured on CNN, in the American Prospect, and on XO Jane, Thought Catalog, and Cracked.com. She is the founding publisher of The Swan Children, an arts zine for recovering religious fundamentalists and contributes to the review vlog The YA Wallpaper. She tweets at @haettinger, but it’s mostly all about food and misandry.

You can read all posts by Hännah here.


Jessica Bluemke grew up in the suburbs of Chicago in a fairly non-religious home, but didn’t identify as an atheist until she had an epiphany during an Early American Literature class while reading “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” She has a wide variety of interests and semi-talents, including writing, horseback riding, dance, singing, guitar, and traveling, but is still trying to figure out how to hammer all of those things into some sort of career.

A 2008 graduate from Ball State university in Muncie, IN, she has also lived in Montana, Australia, and London, but currently resides on the North Side of Chicago with her boyfriend and his DVD collection. She loves science, horses, The Cubs, run-on sentences, and pre-2009-Discovery Channel. Her dream is to be a correspondent on The Daily Show or to only talk like she is in an Aaron Sorkin show.

You can read all posts by Jessica here.


In a way Richard Wade was born in the Temple of Science because his parents worked in a major Natural History museum as exhibit designers and illustrators. Their friends were paleontologists, geologists, entomologists, historians and the like, so Richard was brought up on a steady diet of science. As a child, he enjoyed going out on archeological digs or hunting for fossils with the professionals, or helping with specimens in the lab.

He has two Master’s degrees, the first in Art and the second in Educational Psychology. He has worked as an artist and as a Marriage and Family Counselor with many years in the specialization of addiction medicine, having counseled more than ten thousand patients. Now retired, he lives in California with his wife and enjoys amateur astronomy, hiking in the Sierras, fossil hunting and making figurative sculptures.

After contributing various articles on Friendly Atheist for 20 months, at Hemant’s suggestion in July of 2009 he began writing an advice column called “Ask Richard.” Twice a week, he publishes his responses to email letters from people of all viewpoints, not just atheists. These usually deal with challenges or conflicts stemming from believers and nonbelievers living or working together. He hopes to reduce unnecessary strife and suffering on all sides.


 


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